Football fans plan to pray before game

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

They were told to stop praying at high school football games, now fans at one eastern Kentucky school are making their voices heard.

Nearly a month after the high school stopped the pre-game prayer, fans of the Bell County Bobcats Football Team plan to show their school spirit and their faith at Friday night's ballgame.

It's been a number of weeks since Bell County took the field at home, but Friday night’s game isn't about passes and points it’s about prayer.

Part of the pre-game routine is getting the field ready, but attention here tonight is focused on something else.

Shawn Collins runs Ideal Print Shop in Middlesboro. He has printed up more than two thousand shirts that say "Let Us Pray" and handed them out for free.

“Let them know God is still alive and well,” Collins said.

The freedom from Religion group printed a letter in August saying the prayer before games was unconstitutional. State attorneys agreed and told the district to get rid of it.

“We're hanging our hats on the moment of silence and letting peoples thoughts go wherever they will,” Superintendent George Thompson said.

During that moment of silence, the supporters will say the Lord’s Prayer aloud. The feel it is their way of fighting back to keep a tradition from being taken away.


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